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    I take a general interest in orders, medals, decorations, uniforms, insignia of: The Netherlands; Germany & German States 1800-1950; Great-Britain 1800-1950; Belgium 1830-1950; France 1800-1950; USA 1900-1950.
    Also I collect images (photos, postcards, prints, other documents) related to the above; German award documents (Besitzzeugnis & Urkunde); French campaign medals.
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    Germany and NS Organisations between the wars - in particular Reichsarbeitsdienst (FAD, RAD, RADwJ); HJ.
    German Sailing Training Ships & Kriegsmarine in general.
    Dutch Colonial Army and Navy.
    Royal Navy & Scots Guards.

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  1. In 1912, the Dutch Army abandoned the dark blue uniform which was the standard colour for about a century. The introduction of the M1912 was not executed immediately, the old stocks had to be used up first. When Holland mobilized, in 1914, nearly all ot the reservists still wore their old blue uniform M1905 (single row of buttons), or the even older uniform M1897 (double row of buttons). In contemporary group photos we see a mixture of tunics, pants and headdress, covering a period of 20 years! Enclosed, a 2nd lieutenant of Grenadiers (note the bullion embroidered grenade badge on the collar) wearing the M1905 and M1912. With the introduction of the M1912, the old blue uniform for officers was considered to be used for parade and walking out. The collar of his M1905 tunic is blue, of uniform cloth, he is wearing the M1905 kepie, on his left side the sabre for grenadiers' officers, which is of a differend model that the general M1912 infantry officers' sabre. The collar and cuffs of his M1912 are red, the field cap is also M1912.
  2. The Dutch Army adopted a greenish-grey uniform in 1912, with coloured collar and cuffs, but there were several changes of the field-grey (as it was named) uniform until 1940. Enclosed some coloured pictures of the 1912 uniform. As officers had to buy their own uniforms, the cut of their tunics (and pockes) and pants may differ from the general pattern. Also NCOs bought their own uniforms, of better make and fabric than the ordnance issue. In 1914 the greenish-grey cloth was replaced by field-grey; in 1915 the coloured collar and cuffs were abandoned and replaced by coloured piping. Also the headdress changed, from a shako (1912), to a low kepie, to a higher kepie, and also the field service cap was altered in the years until 1940.
  3. Thnx for your kind words Morten. Excellent portrait Larry!
  4. The Bernhardkzerne was built 1938/39. The 5th Inf. Regt, until 1940, was stationed in the Lodewijkkazerne, at the Leusderweg. This kazerne was one of 4, all bearing the names of sons of Juliana van Stolberg (Adolf, Hendrik, Lodewijk, Willem) built in a square surrounding a large square 1889-1892. Enclosed a postcard of the Hendrikkazerne.
  5. Funkgefreiter des Stabes (Leading Wireless Communications Rating). The white, black and yellowk flag insignia worn by NCOs and Ratings attached to a Staff.
  6. This German photo shows a bunch of young men, all dressed for the occasion, but apart from (paper) flowers they are also sporting some kind of small decorations. These remind me of the lapel badges worn by boys after passing the conscript tests for the Forces. So, what do we see here? Are they conscripts, a team of champion footballers, fun fair shooters, or what? Even with my best spy glass I cannot make out the text on the badges, but perhaps some of the specialists can be of help here?
  7. The general idea behind this topic was to show multi uniform portaits of people who wanted to be pictured in their various uniforms. We are ending with pictures of people who are gathered in uniform and pictured on occasion. My idea is, and correct me if I'm wrong, that in the 1930's, and even the early stages of the war, service men (and women) were expressing to do their (uniformed) duty an it was fun to be pictured together with uniformed friends and family, but later in the war, all able men and women were wearing a kind of uniform so the uniform was more of a rule than exeption. In other terms, in the beginning the wearing of the uniform was an honorary distinction, but as the war dragged on, it became an obligatory burden. Here a proud father in the late 1930's, wearing his Kyffhaüser Bund (veterans) uniform, with his sons in the German Red Cross, and for contrast, a bunch of uniformed defenders of the Reich (of all branches) in March/April 1945.
  8. There were many (independent) Police Regiments and Police Battalions, mainly engaged in anti-partizan/resistance warfare and as for Orpo duties, such as the rounding up of Jews, large scale arrest and razzias. These were mainly engaged on the Eastern Front, the Balkans and North Italy, but also in the other occupied countries.
  9. To my knowledge, they had SS-eagles on the left sleeve from the beginning. I have Original photos of Polizei-Division soldiers in May/June 1940, wearing these but without the cuff band.
  10. You could be right there Michael, I'll check it out. Thanx!
  11. His name is not in the Navy List 1914 (closed 12 May 1914) and not in the Ehrenranglste (Honours list) 1914-1918, so he must have left the Navy before the War.
  12. I agree with previous commends, the bar looks dodgey, and I would not buy it.
  13. Careers in the NSDAP were seperate from those in the Armed Forces, so a Standartenführer in the SA could in 1939 be drafted as an Unterfeldwebel in the Army. Note this:
  14. Interesting pictures Larry, a pitty there is no further information. The absence of a stola on the uniform of the Chaplain could indicate that he is a Protestant/Evangelical Minister.